GMA wait on pipeline decision

AWARD-WINNING organisation the Greater Mary Association is again waiting on Peter Garrett.

The group’s focus on preserving the natural glory of the Mary River downstream and the ecological life of the Great Sandy Strait is unflinching and members are this week hoping another announcement by the Federal Environment Minister will swing their way.

A decision from Mr Garrett on the proposed pipeline from Six Mile Creek, a Mary River tributary close to Lake Macdonald at Cooroy, is imminent.

“We have all the same issues again but on a smaller scale than we had with Traveston,” said Tanzi Smith, the group’s research co-ordinator.

The GMA’s president Darryl Stewart collected the inaugural Fraser Coast Mayor’s Regional Significance Award at yesterday’s Australia Day celebrations for the group’s work in uniting the region against the proposed Traveston mega dam.

“The pipeline would enable an unprecedented level of extraction from the river.”

The Greater Mary Association has written to Mr Garrett and Climate Change and Water Minister Penny Wong asking for the pipeline to be rejected.

“Brisbane doesn’t need water from this pipeline. We know from rainfall patterns that the lower catchment really needs those flows,” Ms Smith said.

"The government’s water resource plan doesn’t reprieve or guard the flow to the river’s estuary.”

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